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Ex-IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan charged with insubordination

The chargesheet adds that such criticism of government policies by him “is capable of embarrassing relations of the Central Government with other organisations, including foreign state”.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Published: November 7, 2019 3:05:47 am
kannan gopinath, ias kannan gopinath, kannan gopinath on amit shah, home ministry, kannan gopinath resigns, kannan gopinath news, kerala news, On August 20, the officer on his personal Twitter account had tweeted in a similar vein, “I once thought that being in civil services meant an opportunity to expand the rights and freedoms of fellow citizens.” (Source: Facebook/ Kannan Gopinathan)

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued a chargesheet to Kannan Gopinathan, the 2012 batch IAS officer who resigned as secretary, Power & Non-Conventional Sources of Energy, in the Union territory of Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, citing “insubordination”, use of “dilatory tactics” and “leaving headquarter” when his resignation was under “ examination”.

Gopinathan, who submitted his resignation on August 23 to the administration of DDD&NH and the Ministry of Home Affairs over “denial of freedom of expression in Jammu & Kashmir”, did not report to work since. He has also been charged with “unauthorisedly communicating with print, electronic and social media on the issues of Government policies”.

The chargesheet adds that such criticism of government policies by him “is capable of embarrassing relations of the Central Government with other organisations, including foreign state”.

According to Gopinathan, the chargesheet, signed by under secretary Rakesh Kumar Singh dated October 24, was emailed to him. He took to Twitter on Tuesday claiming that an officer from the Daman administration called asking for his address to mail the chargesheet.

The five points mentioned in the chargesheet include a nine-month delay in processing policy matters related to the discontinuation of Permanent Residence Certificate, a delay in the work of underground electrical cabling and shifting of electric poles —for which deadline was May 2018, not submitting tour reports to higher authorities after his official visit to flood-affected areas in Kerala, not submitting a file related to nominations for Prime Minister’s awards for innovation in public administration in the stipulated timeframe, and submitting files directly to the administrator without routing them through his controlling officer “on certain occasions”.

Talking to The Indian Express, Gopinathan said, “My performance during my service period was excellent, and it was approved by the authorities. The administrator gave me 9.95 out of 10 for my APAR (Annual Performance Appraisal Report) of 2017-18, on December 24 2018, which was accepted by Union home secretary…”

Gopinathan is also charged with “failing to maintain absolute integrity, devotion to duty and acting in a manner unbecoming of a Government servant”.

Gopinathan said, “I had already put my reply in writing on these points and resigned over two-and-half months ago. Instead of processing my resignation, they are proceeding with a chargesheet. I don’t know for the reasons behind it… nowhere in history has an official been chargesheeted for not applying for the Prime Minister’s award.”

The chargesheet, issued under Rule 8 of the All India Services (Disciplinary and appeal), rules 1969, also sought Gopinathan’s reply within 15 days as to why disciplinary proceedings should not be initiated against him. If he fails to respond in writing in the stipulated period or to appear in person, an inquiry would be held against him ex-parte, it states.

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